The Spanish government could designate major Muslim feasts as public holidays, a senior diplomat has said.

Javier Herrera-García Canturri, a career diplomat who currently advises the country's Ministry of Justice on inter-faith relations, said the government was "considering" the move when it unveils a package of labour reforms later this year.

In an interview with news agency Europa Press, he also said the government may allow people to give up to 0.7 per cent of their income tax to a variety of faiths, including Islam, Judaism, Protestant churches or Buddhism.

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